Show ContentsBradberry History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Anglo-Saxon name Bradberry comes from when the family resided in the county of Chester, where they derived their name from the town of Bredbury. The town's name is derived from the Old English words bred or brade which means broad and byrig, the original form of burh, which means fort. Thus, the name denotes the dweller at the broad fort. [1]

Early Origins of the Bradberry family

The surname BradBerry was first found in Greater Manchester at Bredbury, a suburban town within the Metropolitan Borough of Stockport. [2] Historically a township, in the parish and union of Stockport, hundred of Macclesfield, N. division of the county of Chester, Bredbury dates back to the Domesday Book of 1086 when it was first listed as Brethberie. [3]

"The manor was held under the Stockports, by the family of Bredbury, whose heiress brought a moiety of it to the Ardens." [4] Another reference claims the place name meant "stronghold or manor-house built of planks," from the Old English words "bred" + "burgh." [5]

Some of the first listings of the family were found in Cheshire: Jordan de Bredbury in 1270; Adam de Bredbury in 1332. [2]

Early History of the Bradberry family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Bradberry research. Another 119 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 1672, 1679, 1925, 1872, 1950, 1696, 1688, 1677, 1759, 1615, 1700, 1692, 1450, 1530, 1439, 1510, 1509, 1555, 1615 and 1601 are included under the topic Early Bradberry History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Bradberry Spelling Variations

Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago, spelling variations of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, French and other languages became incorporated into English through the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Bradberry include Bradbury, Bradberry, Braidbury and others.

Early Notables of the Bradberry family (pre 1700)

Distinguished members of the family include George Bradbury (d.1696), an English judge, appointed to the bench of the Court of Exchequer in 1688, and continued in office until his death; Thomas Bradbury (1677-1759), an English congregational minister; and Mary Perkins Bradbury (1615-1700) was tried, convicted and sentenced to hang as a witch in Salem, Massachusetts in 1692, but the sentence was never carried out after...
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Bradberry Ranking

In the United States, the name Bradberry is the 7,427th most popular surname with an estimated 4,974 people with that name. [6]

United States BradBerry migration to the United States +

A great wave of immigration to the New World was the result of the enormous political and religious disarray that struck England at that time. Families left for the New World in extremely large numbers. The long journey was the end of many immigrants and many more arrived sick and starving. Still, those who made it were rewarded with an opportunity far greater than they had known at home in England. These emigrant families went on to make significant contributions to these emerging colonies in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers carried this name or one of its variants:

Bradberry Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • William Bradberry, who landed in Washington County, Pennsylvania in 1838 [7]
  • Thomas Bradberry, aged 61, who landed in America from London, in 1892
  • Emilie Bradberry, aged 30, who immigrated to the United States, in 1895
Bradberry Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Sarah E. Bradberry, aged 42, who landed in America, in 1908
  • William Bradberry, aged 25, who immigrated to the United States, in 1911
  • Sarah E. Bradberry, aged 49, who settled in America, in 1914
  • Randall Bradberry, aged 43, who landed in America, in 1914
  • Mrs R. T Bradberry, aged 40, who immigrated to America, in 1915
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Contemporary Notables of the name BradBerry (post 1700) +

  • Joe Bradberry (b. 1980), American professional football player
  • Charlie Bradberry (1982-2006), American NASCAR driver
  • Gary Bradberry (b. 1961), American NASCAR All-Pro Series race car driver
  • David Bradberry (1736-1803), sometimes called Bradbury, the English nonconformist minister who appears to have been resident in London in 1768, and for a time was minister of the congregation at Glovers' Hall, London [8]

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  2. Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  3. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
  4. Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  5. Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
  6. "What are the 5,000 Most Common Last Names in the U.S.?".,
  7. Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  8. Wikisource contributors. "Dictionary of National Biography, 1885-1900." Wikisource . Wikisource , 4 Jun. 2018. Web. 5 Feb. 2019 on Facebook